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Folk singer Kath Bloom makes Savannah debut

 

Folk singer Kath Bloom makes Savannah debut

12 Apr 2017

 

 

Kath Bloom is one of those singer-songwriters whose three decades worth of work has acted as a bedrock of influence for folk musicians over the years.

The Connecticut native began writing music in the early 1970s. Her collaboration with blues and avant-garde guitarist Loren Mazzacane Connors began in the mid-1970s and produced several celebrated albums of folk songs, written mostly by Bloom, with Connors’ distinctive blues melodies ever present.

After splitting with Connors, Bloom stepped away from music to focus on raising her children. In the mid-1990s, however, director Richard Linklater featured her song “Come Here” in the film “Before Sunrise,” which starred a young Ethan Hawke.

The renewed interest in Bloom’s music prodded her back into recording and gave her songwriting fresh breath. But the real motivator came when Guy Blackman of Chapter Music and film director Caveh Zahedi released a tribute album in 2009 that featured indie-folk giants like Bill Callahan, Devendra Banhart, the Concretes and the Dodos.

In the last six years, Bloom has returned to playing live and touring, something she hasn’t done much over her career.

“I’ve gone to Europe five or six times,” Bloom said. “I do so well over there, compared to here. I want to play now. It’s a little late in the game, but that’s what I want to do.”

Over the past five years, Bloom has been traveling to Los Angeles to record with her friend Jack Hassay and his wife Sarah. In 2015, she released “Pass Through Here,” using her aged wisdom as a guide for inspiration.

“When you’re young, you got a lot of sheering passion and burning yearnings, and all that stuff,” Bloom said.“When you’re older, you have, hopefully, more wisdom and contemplative time. Reflection is in all art. As you get older, I’d say reflection takes up a little bit bigger percentage of your work because you’re looking back — you have more life behind you than you do ahead.”

Bloom will make her Savannah debut April 15 at Sulfur Studios with multi-disciplinary artist Peggy Snow and Savannah’s own Jeff Zagers. Snow is a Tennessee-based painter and singer-songwriter whose highly colorful, surreal renditions of aged buildings and landscapes as well as portraits have earned her recognition in her home state. A musician with The Cherry Blossoms, Snow tours her own brand of experimental folk that will play as a wonderful accent to Bloom’s standard style.

“I just met her,” Bloom said of Snow. “We did a tour together in November. We had a very rich, creative time. She’s very special.”

Bloom’s Savannah setlist will feature an array of songs from her career, but will focus heavily on her latest music. Although somewhat new to touring, the folk artist will bring with her the wisdom she’s gained from nigh a lifetime of songwriting.

“I just feel music is the way humans connect with the unknown and the eternal quality of life and death, and the mystery of everything,” Bloom said. “I feel music is definitely part of the fabric of who we are.”

IF YOU GO

What: Kath Bloom, Peggy Snow and Jeff Zagers

When: 8 p.m. April 15

Where: Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.

Cost: $7, all ages

Info: sulfurstudios.org

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